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Bangsamoro Youth Affairs of ARMM conducts Young Leaders’ Round Table Discussions on FAB

From the Website of MILF

Bangsamoro Youth Affairs of ARMM conducts Young Leaders’ Round Table Discussions on FAB

  • Thursday, Sep 05 2013
  • Written by  Muhammad Musa
Moro youth leaders in Central Mindanao held round table discussions to determine and agree what they can do in popularizing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).

The activity was also aimed at gathering critical issues among and between youth of ARMM and was held on Friday, August 30 at Pagana Restaurant, Cotabato City dubbed as “Young Leaders’ Round Table Discussions on FAB” facilitated by the Coordinating & Development Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (CDO-BYA) of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

CDO-BYA Executive Director Anwar A. Upahm says that the program was in support to the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process and in line with the commemoration of ‘International Day of Peace’ this September.

“Because most of the tragic events in the past coincidentally took place in the month of September, here in the Philippines this was the month in 1972 when Martial law was declared by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos that brought havoc to the lives of Bangsamoro people in Mindanao.” “This was also a month that shocked humankind when ‘9/11 terror attack crumbled the World Trade Center in New York City, USA,” Upahm elucidated.
“We’re in the situation right now that we knew we’ll be part of the solutions in finding long lasting peace especially in Mindanao,” Upahm said.

He added that the youth in ARMM comprises 56 percent of the total population that can make a difference for the popularization of FAB towards the realization of the establishment of Bangsamoro government if their skills and knowledge are maximized.

Lawyer Laisa M. Alamia, the Executive Secretary of the Office of the Regional Governor in ARMM was the guest speaker and delivered a message to the youth.

“Why we need to discuss and understand the FAB and its implications to you as youth? Because you will be the next leaders who will lead the future Bangsamoro government,” Atty. Alamia said.

“We need professionals to govern the government and the prerequisite of this is to have a good quality of education,” she added.

“But because of war [Moro] youth was not given a chance to become productive,” Atty. Alamia lamented.

“Look at Malaysia, they have invested more on education; they prioritize scholarships and youth were send to study abroad in Europe, United States to acquire appropriate knowledge and then they returned to their country and help build Malaysia,” Atty. Alamia said.

“Let us help put-up a constituency building for Bangsamoro and to do this we need CSOs, Youth, and the Local Government Units,” Atty. Alamia said furthered.

Executive Secretary Atty. Alamia revealed that the present leadership of ARMM under Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman has initiated data collection and analysis in ARMM provinces in the field of Human Resource capacities of ARMM employees, Agriculture, Education, e-Road mapping, and among others which will be stored in a database for future use.

On the other hand, the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) National President Rahib L. Kudto presented before the participants the summarized inputs on FAB and its annexes.

Executive Director Upahm said that “to move forward, we will continue and expand this activity to other areas covered by the ARMM for the popularization of the FAB.”

The organizers said that among the target outputs of the series of round table discussions on FAB are: to gain support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress; and to gain or increase public support to the proposed territory once a plebiscite is held for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. 

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